By Kevin Shannahan
The Natchitoches Relay for Life, a beloved community tradition since 1998, was held on the NSU football tailgating field April 27. This year’s relay featured 40 teams and several hundred people representing every facet of our community, from the Sheriff’s Department, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, to local businesses, churches, and sororities. This year’s event also visited by Star Wars Characters and Ghostbusters as the 501st Legion, a group of Star Wars enthusiasts who dress as their favorite characters, and The Louisiana Ghostbusters who kept the evening free of ectoplasm.
The crowd was entertained by bands and performances by local dance schools. In addition, the teams competed in fun events such as a truly inventive scavenger hunt throughout the night. The evening’s entertainment culminated in a fireworks display.
The Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the nation’s leading non-governmental organization devoted to fighting and eradicating this insidious disease. According to Ms. Danielle Cobb, Senior Community Manager for the Society, the Natchitoches area has a goal of raising $150,000.00 this year with $50,000 to be raised at this year’s Relay event.
The Relay for Life is an event that remembers cancer survivors as well as those who succumbed each year. More importantly, it is a celebration of their spirit and of life.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating tonight’s photography. The album is not photo protected and anyone may download the files for free. The Relay for Life is welcome to use any they wish. If you do download a file from the Relay, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in lieu of payment.